Honor Earbuds Choice X review

Honor is strong as an independent brand, and is quickly restoring its positions from before the division into more and more markets and segments. The latest device we had for a review is Earbud’s Choice X – TWS wearables with a set of features that are much richer than the price tag suggests.

After spending several weeks with the white couple we got, we are ready to share our impressions of what is amazing and could be improved.

Honor Earbuds Choice X review

The design and package of these earphones are pretty straightforward – a rectangular case, two knobs with short stems and a small USB-A to USB-C cable are in the retail box. The case is flat at the top and bottom so it can sit upright. The hinge is not very tight and opens easily, the bus still feels sturdy enough, so we have a little to worry about in terms of durability.

The buttons are standard in-ear headphones that glide smoothly in the case, thanks to the magic of the magnets.

Honor Earbuds Choice X review

There is a USB-C port on the bottom, as well as a circular button for pairing. The case comes with an LED light that pulsates when the device is ready to be connected and indicates the battery charge level.

Honor equipped Choice Earbuds X’s case with a 500 mAh cell, while each knob has a 40 mAh battery. The knobs are IPX4 water-repellent, which basically means that sweat and light rain are covered. There are touch sensitive areas on the side to control your phone.

Honor Earbuds Choice X review

Honor has a dedicated app for further adjustments to its wearables, but the Choice X support is not yet enabled. We assume that they come in when the actual market availability comes to the EU.

So we resorted to a simple Bluetooth connection, which was impressively fast. The automatic connection when you took the Choice X buttons out of the case was also instantly hassle-free during the duration of our tests.

Unfortunately, the one area where Choice X’s cheaper price tag shines through is the sound quality. They pack a large 12 mm bio-membrane dynamic driver, but we get no clarification of what the bio part should mean in this context.

The fact is that music sounds flat with a lack of bass and limited definition of higher frequency tones. Things improved a bit as we dropped the volume to below 70%, but it was still not worth anything to write home about. If they get official app support and equalizers, we might get a little more control over the sound, but the potential is clearly limited, so we would not hold our breath.

Honor Earbuds Choice X review

A far more crucial fix to be provided by the official app support relates to the dual-mic array working with “neural network algorithms for intelligent filtering of ambient noise”.

This can not be turned on or off, which means that random ambient sound is played through the earphone into the user’s ear – talking radio in the taxi, screaming children at home or just the garbage truck outside on the street.

The two microphones are also not very adjusted, so a phone call can only be error-free if the stars are well-adjusted – there is no ambient noise, the knobs are correctly placed in the ear, and there are no other people in the room.

Honor Earbuds Choice X review

One thing we loved about Choice X is how comfortable they are. Weighing only 4.3 grams, they remain in the ear even in harsh conditions. A member of our team here at GSMArena took them on a six-hour run (yes, really) and they required no adjustment at all.

The test also confirmed that Honors announced six hours of battery life on a single charge (a total of 28 hours) was true. Choice X went from full to flat in exactly 360 minutes at 70% volume.

There is also a Game Mode which lowers the latency to 125ms at the expense of some battery life, but even that is a bit high for most dynamic titles.

Honor Earbuds Choice X review

The touch-sensitive areas on the page are fairly standard – press twice to play and pause music and answer / end calls. The game mode is activated with a three second long press on both buttons simultaneously, while a single press does nothing.

A long press of two seconds on the right earphone goes to the next song, while two seconds on the left rewinds to the beginning of the track. In theory, it should also play the previous song, but it does not work in practice – the long press is two seconds, but if the track is past its 00:02 mark, it will rewind. This means the user has to be ultra-fast to play the previous song right at the beginning of the current one, which is more frustrating than practical.

Honor Earbuds Choice X review

We have to commend Honor for coming up with these easy-to-pair cordless earphones. The battery life is impressive, the knobs are comfortable and ergonomic with an overall nice design.

Availability is limited even at the moment, but users in a handful of countries can purchase Choice X for € 50.

Honor Earbuds Choice X review

Unfortunately, their sound quality is far from impressive, so they are far from a universal recommendation. If you’re picky about it, you’re probably better off spending your hard earned money somewhere else. However, more relaxed listeners should be completely satisfied with Honor’s latest.

William

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